The NFL plans to reveal an unaltered 2020 schedule late next week, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, despite the COVID-19 pandemic that has put most sports leagues in the Western world on pause and the resumption of their seasons in question. An NFL spokesman declined comment.
The NFL has already had preliminary discussions with its broadcast partners about the idea, the report says, but the proposal remains in its infancy due to the numerous factors required to make it a reality. Given that there would be open windows on each of CBS, FOX, ESPN and NBC, there are seemingly limitless options for the National Football League and its partners.
While the NFL still has significant hurdles to clear before it can be known its season will commence, college football has more issues to navigate.
The report also says the league has evaluated contingency plans, such as starting the season in mid-October.
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There remains huge concern that there there may not be a college season due to the health crisis and as such, the National Football League is looking to fill in the void, according to the New York Post.
If the college football season is canceled, that would create several open TV slots that the NFL could try to take advantage of.
While the majority of the week's schedule would remain on Sundays, along with the primetime Monday and Thursday slates, some stand-alone games could be reset for Saturdays.
That could change come the fall.